highlights of 2012.

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happy 2013!

i love reading yearly highlights on other blogs & even though i try to keep up on the updates via this blog, there are hopefully a few fun things to share that you haven’t heard before. here’s the rundown of 2012:

january: i donated blood for the first {& last} time. we dined at emmer & rye in queen anne with my friend beth ann who was in town visiting. we survived snopocolypse 2012. the repairs on the jetta were finally completed from my rear-ending in november. sadie had surgery to get a small lump removed & have her teeth cleaned.



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february: we took a trip to new england & managed to visit all six new england states. we spent a long weekend in boston. i celebrated my 27 {yikes!} birthday & valentine’s day with my love in manchester, new hampshire. we celebrated thanksgiving in february with my law school friends {this is a reoccurring event in which my friend miriam cooks up a big thanksgiving dinner at various times of the year}. we celebrated leap year!


march: my mom visited for a long weekend. i oversaw work to the townhouse {new venting for the dryer}. we house-hunted on the weekends with our realtor padraic. i started & completed all three books in the hunger games series. we saw the hunger games at the IMAX. we saw {& were disappointed by} king tut at the pacific science center {no tut, just his stuff}. aaron took a work trip to vegas. we made our first {& only} offer on a house. our offer was accepted!



april: we took a post-offer tour of our new house. we celebrated easter dinner with my grandmother. we showed the townhouse to potential new tenants. i co-hosted a baby shower for amanda. we packed up all of our belongings for the big move. we closed on our house after signing lots of paperwork & handing over a very large check. we moved.




may: we were rear-ended {this better not become an annual event}. my mom & dad visited for a long weekend & helped with some house projects. we celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday! we celebrated aaron’s 29th birthday! i took on my first pro bono case with VAIJ. we hosted a small dinner party with old idaho friends kami, travis, & their adorable daughter olive. we spent a night on the town in bellevue at aaron’s organization’s ship party with lots of aaron’s co-workers.


june: we saw dia frampton in concert at chop suey. we hosted a small dinner party with my law school friend marcus, his then-fiancée katy, & their beagle maggie. padraic & his partner justin threw us an awesome housewarming party! we ventured down to alabama for andy & hailey’s wedding. i had lots of phone interviews.



july: we attended herschel’s first birthday party {the son of one of my law school friends}. we celebrated the fourth of july! i started going to fitness classes with my neighbor leanne at community fitness. we hosted a small dinner party with andy & hailey, just back from their honeymoon! we attended thanksgiving in july at miriam’s. sadie & i drove down to idaho. i got my haircut & had drinks with my CBC {high school} girlfriends. we loaded up the car & took a roadtrip {sadie included} to stevenson, wa for marcus & katy’s wedding. we saw the dark knight rises at the IMAX.



august: we celebrated our second wedding anniversary with a picnic dinner at greenlake! we attended our first neighborhood potluck & met lots of our neighbors. we joined a summer bocce ball league with ben & sarah. i did yoga in the park with our neighbors – the friends – & tens of other people. i shopped & noshed with my friend ashley who was in town on a work trip. we attended the pratt’s housewarming party {a couple i met & befriend while i was in americorps}. we attended padraic’s wig birthday party. i met my pro bono client. i was offered a position doing media license management & started working. my bff carlie came into town – our first house guest! we attended a moroccan dinner feast at ben & sarah’s house. aaron’s parents visited seattle for a week.







september: we attended a final farewell summer bbq. we visited indiana to see family & surprise meg at her baby shower. we attended a colts game with our friends colt & erin. we celebrated sadie’s eighth birthday!



october: we visited peru & got to hike around one of the new seven wonders of the world machu picchu. my mom & sister anya visited for a long weekend. my friend meg was in town to visit! aaron made an unexpected trip back to indiana to attend his late grandmother’s service. we attended ghouls near greenlake, ben & sarah’s annual halloween bash, as a somecard. we celebrated halloween with our very first trick-or-treaters!




november: aaron attended a week-long conference for work & stayed downtown. i watched the election results while painting the bathroom trim & texting aaron updates. we hosted our first {vegetarian} thanksgiving. we spent the long holiday weekend working on the house.



december: we attended a housewarming party for amanda, george, & madeleine. we brunched with our neighbors – the friends – at the 5 spot in queen anne. my mom visited for a long weekend. i brought back a pinterest christmas & recruited some friends to join in on the fun. we celebrated the holiday season with six holiday parties with friends & co-workers. i won rookie of the year at work. we enjoyed a double-date night in bellevue with some newly engaged friends. we loaded up the car with presents & made the trek to idaho for the week of christmas. we celebrated christmas! we made it safely back to seattle only one day delayed. we plan to ring in the new year with friends & watch the space needle firework show.

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reflecting back on this year, i am reminded how blessed we are & also how different this year has been than the year previous. it has been such a wonderful year & ringing in a new one is a bit bittersweet.

how was your 2012 – was it a year to remember or are you itching to start 2013 already?


see highlights of 2011 here.

bocce ball league.

shortly after i wrote this blog post about how hard it is to make friends post-college, aaron & i joined a bocce ball league that ran for the month of august. the sponsoring organization is seattle underdog sports league & it runs lots of leagues, including the co-ed flag football league that aaron & i were a part of for one game a few years back. {it was only one game because the no contact rule was difficult for some of the guys to wrap their heads around, including the guy that clothes-lined me in the mouth. whoops.}

bocce ball is a nice, no contact sport that doesn’t require a whole lot of skill & allows you to enjoy a nice beverage & chat with your teammates. aaron & i had both played bocce ball before, but never on a pitch (the grass, or lawn bowling green). also, we had to learn that you can’t chuck the ball like we did in other bocce ball games because divots on the pitch are a no-no.





the team was a fun mix of people, including aaron’s brother ben & his wife sarah. the rest of the team was contacts of ben, but it ended up including a gal i attended the uw business school with, & a gal i knew from the law school staff. {yep, seattle is a very small world!}

we weren’t really that great {though we weren’t awful. bocce can be tricky that way.} & our season ended early since we didn’t make the play-offs. even so, we had fun playing our two matches a week on wednesday evenings & enjoying each other’s company.

another fun part of the league is that almost every week had a theme. two of the theme nights that we dressed up for were nerd night & big hat night. i didn’t exactly follow the big hat theme and wore a fascinator instead, but i think we nailed nerd night. aaron & ben had such great nerd costumes (yes, aaron’s shirt says talk nerdy to me. it may or may not be a real shirt that he wears.) and were so in costume that they won a pair of tickets to a seahawks preseason game.


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when august came to an end, so did bocce ball league. sad. but, we found a fun trivia night on wednesdays that we may take part in with the team in lieu of bocce ball. {bonus: we played last week & won!} the only bad part about trivia night is sadie can’t come to the trivia night bar (she could come to bocce ball as long as we kept her off the pitch) and there are no theme nights (i guess we will have to save our dressing up for halloween).

all in all, i am so glad we played bocce ball league this summer! i will leave you with a short video of nerd aaron dancing – this portrays the enthusiasm he had for bocce ball league this summer.


do you have regular social events in your calendar?